Centre announced inadequate MSP for wheat-Sukhbir
Barnala, 29 January
Harmeet Singh Dhillon
"Amid Congress led Centre government's anti-farmer policies,
it announced an inadequate Rs. 1080 per quintal Minimum Support
Price (MSP) for wheat, whereas UPA government had paid higher prices
for the import of same", said Shiromani Akali Dal President,
Deputy Chief Minister, Sukhbir Singh Badal while talking to media
here, today. He alleged that Centre played dirty politics during
purchase of paddy and cotton and now it had decided not to pay back
even the labor of the farmers.
Commenting on the decrease in oil prices Mr. Badal said that reduction
in petrol and diesel prices by congress lead UPA government was
just an eye wash. He said the UPA government was just deceiving
the people on this issue as crude prices had decreased from 147
$ to 32 $ per barrel which was equivalent to oil prices five years
back. He alleged that Congress is doing so to benefit some companies.
He said logically, the prices should be reduced to the level in
the country five years back.
Shiromani Akali Dal President Sukhbir Singh Badal promised that
NDA will give satisfactory prices to farmers for their produce and
will reduce the petrol oil prices in proportionate to the fall in
the international price of crude after coming in power at centre.
He said that SAD-BJP government in state is working on development
agenda and people of the state will witness enormous changes in
coming years. Addressing the various gathering today, Mr. Badal
appeals voters to vote in favor of SAD-BJP alliance in coming Lok
Sabha elections. He said that majority of powers were in the hands
of centre government so if people of the state want them to work
more efficiently they vote in the favor of alliance as it is committed
for the development.
During today's visit of the Deputy Chief Minister distributed Rs.
8.82 Crore for the development of 158 villages and Rs. 7 Crore for
urban development of the district besides laying foundation stone
of Adarsh school at village Kaleka. He also participated in the
ceremony of mass marriage of 101 couples as a chief guest. Newly
appointed District Planning board Chairman Sant Balvir Singh Ghunas
also took charge in the presence of Shiromani Akali Dal President.
Mr. Badal provided Rs. 2.04 Crore for Barnala constituency, Rs.
3.62 Crore for Bhadaur constituency and Rs. 3.16 Crore for Dhanaula
constituency. For urban development he provided Rs. 1 Crore for
Dhanaula Municipal Committee, Rs. 3 Crore for Barnala Municipal
Committee, Rs. 1 Crore for Handiaya Municipal Committee and Rs.
1 Crore for Tapa Municipal Committee.
During today's visit Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal was
accompanied by MP Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, PWD minister Parminder
Singh Dhindsa, Ex-MLA Malkiat Singh Keetu, SGPC member Tek Singh
Dhanaula and Sant Balvir Singh Ghunas.
10 OFFICIALS OF MUNICIPAL COUNCIL CHARGE
SHEETED IN THE STATE
Chandigarh January 29, 2009
Vigilance Cell of the Local Government Department on the orders
of Mr. Manoranjan Kalia Local Government Minister Punjab has conducted
surprise inspections of Municipal Council Jagraon, Ferozepur and
Improvement Trust Moga. Teams headed by Mr. A.K. Prabhakar Chief
Vigilance Officer conducted inspections during which major building
violations were observed. Mr. Manoranjan Kalia has taken a serious
view of the irregularities and ten responsible officials have been
Mr. Sukhdarshan Singh J.E, Mr. Mandhir Singh AME
and Mr. Surinder Kumar E.O, of Municipal Council Jagroan and Mr.
Charan Pal Singh J.E, Mr. Karam Singh AME, Mr. Jagir Chand Joshan
AME and Mr. Jagdish Chander Wadhwa E.O of Municipal Ferozepur. Similarly
Mr. Sukhjir Singh S.O and Mr. Krishan Officer of Municipal Council
Moga has also been charge sheeted.
PB CM AND DY.CM DESCRIBES HIKE OF RS.80/-
IN MSP OF WHEAT AS A CRUEL JOKE WITH FARMERS
CHANDIGARH JANUARY 29, 2009
The Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal
today described the hike of Rs.80 per quintal in Minimum Support
Price (MSP) of wheat as totally inadequate and is a stab in the
back of the farmers' community. He demanded that the MSP of wheat
should have been fixed atleast at Rs.1400 per quintal saying that
the Centre should have announced an increase of Rs.400/- per quintal
in Minimum Support Price (MSP) of wheat instead of Rs.80.
In another statement, the Deputy Chief Minister, Mr. Sukhbir Singh
Badal said that the Central decision to give a meager hike of Rs.80/-
per quintal in the MSP of wheat was an eye-wash. "This arbitrary
decision on part of the government of India amounted to rubbing
salt into the wounds of the beleaguered peasantry besides adding
up their woes", said Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal.
In a statement, they said that the non-remunerative
MSP coupled with anti-farmer policies of Centre was primarily responsible
for the slow down of the agricultural growth.
The Chief Minister said that though his government
had been constantly pleading the case of Punjab's beleaguered peasantry
which was in great distress and demanded MSP of at least Rs.1400/-
per quintal of wheat from the Government of India.
Mr. Badal lamented that it was a paradoxical situation
that the MSP demanded by farming community was far below the price
at which the country was importing wheat from Australia and there
was hardly any justification to deprive the local producers of the
The Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister rued
the insignificant increase of Rs.80 in the MSP of wheat was nothing
short of 'stabbing in the back of the farmers', despite fully realizing
their sad plight which compelled them to end their lives by taking
extreme measures like suicides.
"Center's unabated assault of excesses on the
farmers are still on and its deliberated denial of financial package
to Punjab on Vidharbha pattern was also a pointer towards the apathetic
and step motherly treatment meted out to the Punjabi farmers",
PUNJAB CM AND DY CM ASSAILS CENTRE'S DECISION ON NOMINAL
REDUCTION IN PETROLEUM PRODUCTS DESCRIBES IT AS A 'POLL GIMMICK'
CHANDIGARH JANUARY 29, 2009
The Punjab Government today dubbed the nominal reduction
in the prices of petrol; diesel and LPG announced by the Centre
on Wednesday night as a mere eyewash.
In a joint statement, Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash
Singh Badal and Deputy Chief Minister Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal said
that the reduction of Rs.25, Rs. 5 and Rs. 2 in the prices of LPG,
Petrol and diesel respectively was pathetic and vastly disproportionate
to the massive fall in the prices of crude oil in the international
They said that crude oil prices have fallen from $ 155-160 to just
$ 37 per barrel in the international market, in other words, these
prices have fallen by 4-5 times. "Since the government of India
had hiked diesel prices in the domestic market ostensibly because
of the rise in the price of crude in the world markets, there is
no reason why it should not announce a corresponding reduction in
the background of new market realities", they demanded.
They further said that UPA government had always
been inimical to the common man especially the poor and middle classes.
"This decision of nominal reduction in fuel and LPG prices
is only further proof of this anti poor attitude of the Center",
Describing this decision as a "poll gimmick"
eying on the forthcoming parliamentary elections, they decried the
Centre saying it should have slashed these prices liberally immediately
at the time of reduction in the international market to the advantage
of a common man.
They pointed out that the costs of agricultural inputs
have shown a major increase as a direct fall out of the inflationary
pressures on the international oil market in recent months. They
mentioned that the GoI always used the slightest increase in crude
prices as a pretext to hike the prices of agricultural inputs such
as diesel, urea and some other petroleum based products. The farmers
always had to bear the brunt of market trends in oil prices. As
a result, agriculture has become increasingly un-remunerative, putting
a massive burden on the peasantry and a severe strain on farm economy
"Continued indifference and neglect of the Punjab farmers by
the Centre can have adverse consequences for the future of national
food security, asserted the Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister.